The Seneca County Health Department has received notification that an individual who attended the Ladies Day Luncheon at Calvary Chapel in Seneca Falls has tested positive for COVID-19.
Public health staff are currently conducting contact tracing for this case. Anyone who attended this luncheon at Calvary Chapel Seneca Falls, located at 2291 Route 89, Seneca Falls on Saturday, November 7th has potentially been exposed to COVID-19 and must quarantine. Attendees should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 which include, fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, sore throat, and a new loss of taste or smell.
The prolonged period of exposure while unmasked and sitting close together has prompted an elevated risk of exposure for the attendees. Although the risk of transmission may be low, this meal was served buffet style and the individuals were unmasked for a prolonged period of time during the meal together which prompts additional concern.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Seneca County has escalated over the past few weeks. “It is imperative that everyone continues to maintain social distancing, mask wearing and disinfecting surfaces in any attempt to prevent the further spread of this virus,” stated Vickie Swinehart, Public Health Director. She further emphasized the importance for individuals to receive their flu vaccine this year.
Groups who would like to host parties/dinners are reminded that these events are limited to a maximum of 50 persons (including servers, wait staff, etc.) unless they are held at a restaurant where the maximum attendance is 50% capacity. Fire halls, schools, gymnasiums, and church halls are not restaurants and are therefore limited to 50 persons.
Residents are encouraged to review the guidance provided by NY State at the https://forward.ny.gov website for your particular type of business prior to scheduling any gathering or event.
We are approaching the beginning of the holiday season and it is natural for families to want to get together to celebrate. We understand the challenges that we are all facing as we make our plans for our holiday celebrations and realize that these events must be limited. We must all work together to slow the spread of this virus.
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